May 3, 2013 — South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk

JOIN US for the next South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk on MAY 3rd
from 7–11pm.

The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

  • Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St. map


    Art of Zines 2013 featuring hundreds of zines from basements, bedrooms and midnight copy shops from throughout the US and abroad. Come check out these diy, cut-and-paste, copied-on-the-cheap, hand-folded, self-distributed gems that continue to surface because someone, somewhere feels the need to express themselves.

    Several zine makers will be on site with their latest issues for sale:
    Tiny Splendor, Matt & Maria, Yumiko Miyagawa, Matthew Denning, Seeing Things Gallery and Blunt Letters

    i hunt for this black blood_web

    Currently on view in galleryONE: Death Will Tear Us Apart
    Mike Egan (Pittsburgh, PA) solo exhibition

    MUSIC: KSCU’s DJ camouflage

  • Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St. map

    Ice Tea Pitcher by Cindy Percival

    Steeped in Tradition

    As with all rituals, presentation is as important as procedure and method! For May we present a plethora of tea-related tableware, from the perfect steaming hot cup to the more chilled-out summertime glass of iced tea. Indulge in hand-made tea-bowls, teapots, pitchers and tumblers crafted by local artisans plus a gallery spotlight on works by master potters, George Dymesich and Hsin-Chuen Lin.

  • KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St. map

    Join us for two new feature exhibitions at KALEID Gallery:


    The Weird and The Wonderful new works by Murphy Adams and Christine Benjamin

    Worlds collide when Christine Benjamin’s funky characters meet Murphy Adams’ quirky human narratives. Robots & monsters, housewives & dreamers, The Weird and the Wonderful come together to tell their own tales.

  • MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – 510 South First St. map

    Daniella A. Rascón, Legs, c-print, 2011

    Latino Art Now, MACLA’s 15th Annual Latino Art Auction

    In MACLA’s Gallery: View the very best of contemporary Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond. Over 50 Latino artists represented through paintings, prints, photographs and mixed-media.

    In MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse, special guest performances starting at 8pm.

  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – 520 South First St. map

    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles presents two exhibitions: Milestones: Textiles of Transition and Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities

    Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Red Hot, 2005, 25’ x 12” x 11”
    Cast hand–made paper. Cotton, acrylics, gold leaf, wax, metal, rubber, matchstitcks
    photo credit: Petronella Ytsma

    Milestones: Textiles of Transition explores how historic and contemporary textiles have been created for and continue to signify moments of transition—birth, marriage, and death, among others—and the unique bond these textiles have with our universal human experience. As material objects these textiles play an important role in all of our life passages, either as utilitarian objects, or as ceremonial and symbolic pieces.


    Zhuang Minority Nationality, Yunnan province, Dimensions (WxH): 35″ x 30 1/2″
    Indigo dyed cotton, silk embroidery, applique, and metallic ribbon

    Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities, presents the rich folk art tradition of hand-embroidered baby carriers from the minority nationalities of southwestern China. The exhibit highlights the symbolic decorations traditionally used to embellish these otherwise utilitarian, though lovingly made textiles. Auspicious symbols connote good luck, good fortune, happy marriage, and longevity. This selection of baby carriers is drawn from the Miao (known as Hmong in their native language), Zhuang, Yao, and Shui nationalities from China’s southwestern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, They are on loan from the private collection of Mr. Yu Yawan, of Nanning, China.

    Fiber Salon: Victorian Hair Work with Even Howard

    Hair jewelry has honored friendships and family since Shakespeare’s time and came to a height of popularity during the Victorian era.

    Delicate craftsmanship combined with the intrinsic value of treasured memories come together in these small but intricate works and appealed to the decorative sensibilities of the time.

    Join us in May for our kick-off Fiber Salon with support from the Etsy Meet & Make program. Learn more: Instructor Even Howard will guide us through the techniques of table woven hair work to create cards or small accessories using floss threads in place of hair.

  • San Jose Stage Company Courtyard – 490 South First St. map


    Freya Seeburger

    Since moving to San Jose, California in 2010, Freya Seeburger has started a busy career in both classical ensembles and rock bands. In 2011 Freya began backing singer/songwriter Maryam Qudus of Doe Eye, playing on San Francisco’s Live 105 premier of Qudus’ album “Run, Run, Run” for their Soundcheck series. In May 2012, Freya played at the Joint in Las Vegas, when Doe Eye was selected as a competitor in Billboard’s Battle of the Bands. Freya has recorded with producer John Vanderslice and the Magik*Magik Orchestra and she was also featured on the album “All My Love in Half Light” by San Jose musician, Lady Lazarus, whose album was given a 7.8 review by This past year, Freya began coursework at San Francisco State University for the Masters Program in Cello Performance, studying with Alexander Walsh-Wilson of the Alexander String Quartet. Freya plays an 1885 Czech cello as well as a Luis & Clarke carbon fiber cello.

  • Seeing Things Gallery – 30 North Third St. map


    The Out of Towners

    Once upon a time Jason Arnold, Michael Hsiung and Andrew Mecum lived in Downtown San Jose. Once upon a time they also left Downtown San Jose. Everyone has there reasons for leaving San Jose, but if and when you do leave, more than likely San Jose will never leave you. If you knew them when they were here, then you will not be surprised (or maybe you will) to see that they have become these impressive artists each in there own right. Seeing Things Gallery presents to you, The Out of Towners. Jason is a graphic designer at NHS (Santa Cruz Skateboards) Michael is a freelance artist as well as the online content editor for The Vans Art blog & Andrew works at Deluxe DistrIbution ( Real, Krooked and Anti Hero Skateboards).

  • Works San Jose – 365 South Market St. map

    artwork by Cody Gramstad

    From Pencils to Pixels: Art and Science for the Screen

    Producing art for the screen demands both technical and creative proficiency. From Pencils to Pixels is the product of this dynamic union. Included is preliminary work for film, games, and television, as well as an e-book project sponsored by Adobe, and a trailer for a newly released novel by Isabel Allende.

  • ZERO1 Garage – 439 South First St. map


    Cooperative Gaming Coop: Arcade Cabinet Maker meets Video Game Maker by James Morgan and John Bruneau

    The Cooperative Gaming Coop looks both backwards and forwards, into the legacy of gaming and its possible future. The Golden Age of Video Games provided us with this public social space in which to interact, debate, commune and compete with friends and strangers alike. Come learn how the arcade cabinet became the interface, the context, and the marketing agent for the games contained within it. Explore these curated cabinets that bring together interesting works from a variety of sources including the Game Developers Club from SJSU. Learn about the tools used to build the arcade cabinets and play some fun quirky games. Additionally we invite people of all ages to visit the “Coop Swap” where you can trade games, both old and new, bring the games you made to trade, and even those old much loved titles. Engage your neighbors, share stories.

  • Cafe Stritch – 374 South First St. map


    On view: Art by Erin Salazar

    Live Music: The Eulipions, the new house band for Cafe Stritch, this great jazz sextet will be performing from 7pm-11pm, featuring Andoni Bundros on Piano, Daniel Gerz on Upright Bass, Daniel Owens on Trombone, and more!

  • Caffé Frascati – 315 South First St. map

    First Fridays is Caffe Frascati Opera Night presented by First Street Singers, with the Bay Area’s finest opera singers performing your very favorite classical arias and duets live in the cafe!

  • Downtown Yoga Shala – 450 South First St. map


    The exhibit at the Downtown Yoga Shala this month represents a collaboration between Schallenberger School and the Montalvo Arts Center. The fourth grade students of Binh Le Hererra, Jessica Martin-Moss, Ursula Goodwin and Kim Cox have been working with artist Claudia Stevens of Montalvo exploring a variety of media including ceramics and painting. In addition to studying various drawing, painting and ceramic techniques they have tried their hands at imitating the style of various artists including Georgia O’Keeffe. The students are pleased to share the fruits of this collaboration with the public.

  • Eco Monster – 30 North Third St. map


    Big Fish Little Fish In A Dirty Small Pond by Nak Bou

    Nak Bou is a graphic and multi-media artist based in Southern California. He is a graduate of UCLA’s Design I Media Arts program. A multidisciplinary artist working with graphics to motion, from web and branding to illustrative drawings. In addition to his work as a graphic designer, he is currently working on art that combines themes of nostalgia, historical events, and modern urban life.

  • Good Karma Vegan Café – 37 South First St. map


    Phantom Galleries presents From Chaos new original works by Dylan Kelly // Chaos938 Studios at Good Karma Vegan Cafe.

    From Chaos is a collection of brand new artwork by South Bay artist Dylan Kelly, painting under the alias Chaos938 since 2003. Using reclaimed wooden panels, spray paint & acrylics He creates a vibrancy and texture with each piece that is very unique.

    This colorful show embodies new paintings, with limited edition screen prints, and a photo retrospective of the many aerosol murals created this year in the bay area by the Artist. All prints are signed and numbered collectables.

  • LGBTQ Youth Space – 452 South First St. map


    Hot Mess by John Doe

    The Hairstyle Themed Gallery

    The LGBTQ Youth Space has decided to show its fascination with Hair! Thats right HAIR IN THIS SPACE AND IN YO FACE. Hair of all kinds: Long Hair, Short Hair, Spiky Hair, Curly Hair, Beard Hair, No Hair…Armpit Hair. This gallery is going to be SHEAR awesome. Be Hair or be Square.

  • The Metro Gallery – 550 South First St. map

    No exhibition in May.

  • Pho69 – 321 South First St. map

    Neverwhere, oil on paper, 2012

    Phantom Galleries presents artist Roan Victor at Pho69 Restaurant.

    The California natives symbolize, with conscious effort, the natural growth of imagination and inspiration from mundane things around us. In some of the work I also tried to personify the plants according to their characteristics. ~Roan Victor

  • Psycho Donuts – 288 South Second St. map

    art by Michael Foley

    Psycho Donuts in downtown San Jose is a quirky donut shop and art gallery. The gallery displays top local artists and has an ongoing exhibit featuring the work of John Renzel, Lacey Bryant, Nicolas Caesar, Murphy Adams, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, Michael Borja, Valery Milovic, Carlos Villez, Eric Joyner, Laura Callin Bennett, Michelle Waters, John Hageman and Robert McColley!

  • South First Billiards & Lounge – 420 South First St. map


    In the exhibition Before Us, After Us, a group of five San Francisco Bay Area artists express their view of where they came from, their personal experience and their surroundings as it relates to their vision of what is to come.

    Participating artists: Efren Alvarez, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Rick Moreno, Melina Alexa Ramirez and Cesareo Vega.

  • Studio Climbing Gym – 396 South First St. map


    The Studio Rock Gym presents an exhibition by Ajay Fay, a commercial photographer and fine artist.

    The exhibition includes a body of work that Fay shot while traveling for jobs along the west coast. They are landscapes, and they are the first reason Fay started photography. After going to school and receiving a BFA in Photography, Fay realized he wanted to work with people and explore ways of communication. Forcing people to see differently. The other set of images on view are from a series called somewhere between here and there, personal work about Fay’s struggle to find his place in the race that is life here in the city..

  • TechShop San Jose – 300 South Second St. map

    Check out the TechShop San Jose lobby where we will be hosting the gallery opening of Darius B’Alexander, our first Resident Artist! TechShop members will also be setting up their tables in the conference room to sell their DIY work!

  • Umpqua Bank – 225 West Santa Clara St. map


    Rare Candy: A Pokemon Gallery for Charity

    San Jose State University art students Peter Le and Amy Kim had a small idea to create a fun art gallery to the original 151 Pokemon that that had grown up with. After some time and with the help of many friends in the Animation and Illustration program at SJSU, the small idea turned into a much bigger endeavor. The exhibition is also a charitable auction where 100% of the proceeds will be given to “Canines for Disabled Kids” , a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of deaf and physically disabled children by partnering them up trained service dogs. All Pokemon were assigned randomly to participating artists and all will be auctioned off through a silent bid process until May 17th on location at Umpqua Bank in downtown San Jose during normal business hours. Live music by Super Soul Bros.

  • Art Ark Gallery – 1035 South Sixth St. map


    San Jose State University MFA Graduates Thesis Exhibition
    Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd 6-9pm

    Nineteen San Jose State University Master of Fine Art candidates graduating this spring will show their thesis art projects at Art Ark Gallery. Designed by independent curator and art writer Christian L. Frock, the exhibit illustrates the depth and breath of the university’s art and art history program.

    Graduating students represent the Pictorial Art, Spatial Art, Photography and Digital Media Art programs in the Department of Art and Art History. The artists are A R A, Armine Sargsyan, Avery Palmer, Barbara Boissevain, David Kempken, Elena Polanco, Esteban Salazar, Gloria Huet, Jacqueline Donecho, Jeffrey Opp, Jen, Jonathan Huang, Kat McKinnon (KGM), Lan Liu, Marianne Lettieri, Meiru Huang, Sieglinde Van Damme, Wesley Wright, and Yvonne Escalante.